From Nathaniel B. Emerson Unwritten Literature of Hawaiʻi:
The Sacred Songs of the Hula (1999)
|E ulu, e uluKini o ke Akua
Ulu Kāne me Kanaloa
Ulu ʻōhiʻa lau koa me ka ʻeiʻei
Aʻe ami i noho i kou kuahu
Eia ka wai, he wai e ola
E ola nō e!
|Grow, growIn the multitude of God
Grow with respect to the forest and sea
Grow with ʻōhiʻa, loa and ʻieʻie
Inhabit your place, O God
Here is the water, the water of life
Kumu hula master and Hawaiian cultural and language expert, John Keola Lake, taught this oli to Kumu Hula Kaʻanohi Aipa. In her halau it is often used as a gathering chant when haumana enter the forest to collect greenery for costumes or hoʻokupu (offerings). It may also be used when entering the forest for inspiration or guidance.